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ALLEN EDMONDS APPRECIATION THREAD 2021: News, pictures, clothing, accessories, etc.

ae_ashley

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Ok guys. Official answer:

Most of the welted uppers are cut and sewn in the DR. Uppers are sent to Port and the shoes are lasted, welted, filled, bottomed, finished and packaged in PW.

There are zero welted styles that are done completely in the DR anymore. None.
 

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Finally, finally I snagged an Independence that fit me. Normally go for 11E but when pickings are slim, beggars can’t be choosers. Honestly I’m surprised how comfortable this 10.5E felt. Perhaps it’s the different last? The shoes arrived in a very acceptable condition unlike my hole-y Hopkinson above. Some squishing on the vamp and throat but I already got them in good sized cedar shoe trees. I am planning to condition and polish before the first wear since I can imagine the shoe has been sitting for a while and feels a bit dry.

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Brooks Brothers Strands have arrived. Did a nice clean and shine last night.

I now understand the insole / poron controversy. They feel good for 50 bucks, but I probably wouldn’t have paid full price. I’m wearing a thinner sock today with good success on their test drive…

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Brooks Brothers Strands have arrived. Did a nice clean and shine last night.

I now understand the insole / poron controversy. They feel good for 50 bucks, but I probably wouldn’t have paid full price. I’m wearing a thinner sock today with good success on their test drive…

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Let me guess - a little tight around the toes and the top of your foot is rubbing against the toe/vamp area?

Anyway they look good.
 

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Finally, finally I snagged an Independence that fit me. Normally go for 11E but when pickings are slim, beggars can’t be choosers. Honestly I’m surprised how comfortable this 10.5E felt. Perhaps it’s the different last? The shoes arrived in a very acceptable condition unlike my hole-y Hopkinson above. Some squishing on the vamp and throat but I already got them in good sized cedar shoe trees. I am planning to condition and polish before the first wear since I can imagine the shoe has been sitting for a while and feels a bit dry.

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There was a video posted here recently about this topic that rather vehemently stated that there is no reason to do that to a brand new shoe, even if it has been sitting in a store/warehouse for a couple years. Dude made it sound like it could actually be ruinous for some shoes to do that to them although I'll admit I got interrupted several times while watching the video and don't quite remember his rationale for why that would be the case.
 

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There was a video posted here recently about this topic that rather vehemently stated that there is no reason to do that to a brand new shoe, even if it has been sitting in a store/warehouse for a couple years. Dude made it sound like it could actually be ruinous for some shoes to do that to them although I'll admit I got interrupted several times while watching the video and don't quite remember his rationale for why that would be the case.
It would not ruin the shoe and there is nothing wrong with doing it, but truly unworn shoes do not need polish or cream. Shoes need moisture because the sweat inside the shoe, as well as the pressure from wear, weaken and dry the leather.

I’ve never applied moisturizer or cream to my leather couch or car seats…
 

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There was a video posted here recently about this topic that rather vehemently stated that there is no reason to do that to a brand new shoe, even if it has been sitting in a store/warehouse for a couple years. Dude made it sound like it could actually be ruinous for some shoes to do that to them although I'll admit I got interrupted several times while watching the video and don't quite remember his rationale for why that would be the case.
This.https://youtu.be/O3NNsHHMgko

I actually agree with Justin. I’ve made new shoes worse with this. This one pair however just feels super dry and beat up. Maybe it’s been on a store shelf for a few years? It’s brand new just feel very dry. I will just do a 5 minute polish nothing crazy. Who knows maybe the brush will make it look new.
 

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Vibram style vs Dainite sole.

I bought these Strands without thinking much about the sole option.
Then I decided to put the Vibram style rubber sole on it.
What do you people prefer?

I do not wear my AE shoes daily and they will last forever either way but the reason I added rubber sole is because the leather is so slippery.




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